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Napa Woman, Arrested After Writing in Chalk on Bridge, Says She's No Felon

Jailed Tuesday on suspicion of felony vandalism, 29-year-old Amy Larson said Napa police first told her it was "no problem" to use chalk on the First Street bridge—then approached her again to ask for ID and arrested her when she declined.

The 29-year-old Napa woman says she is neither a felon nor a vandal and that police listed her as a transient because she refused to give them her address.

"I feel I am 100 percent innocent," Amy Larson said Friday by phone, before telling her own version of the events described in the police report.

Reported police call set events in motion

Larson said she was returning from the , traveling west on First Street with some vegetables in her backpack, when she stopped to chalk some slogans about 9/11 on the First Street bridge and was approached by a police officer who said someone had made a call about the bridge being defaced.

"Then she quickly saw it was sidewalk chalk and said it was totally fine and no problem," continued Larson, who called the encounter "brief" and "positive," adding that the officer "was being nice at that point."

Moments later, as Larson continued west on First Street, the same officer pulled her patrol car over again to ask for her name, address, birth date and other personal information, Larson said.

"I didn't want to give it to her because I didn't do anything wrong," she said. 

"I said, 'Am I being detained?'" and was told no, Larson continued.

But when she said she wanted to leave, the officer then told her she was being detained, Larson said.

Another officer arrived and the two took Larson into custody, searching her belongings without permission, she said.

"In my wildest dreams I didn't imagine I was going to go to jail"

Taken to the Larson said "the people there pushed me up against a wall, ripping the earrings out of my ears and asking all sorts of personal medical questions."

Larson didn't want to answer the medical questions, she said, because she didn't understand she was being booked into the jail.

"In my wildest dreams I didn't imagine I was going to go to jail for writing in chalk on the bridge," she said.

"I do have a house" and a job, Larson said, but she declined to give police her address "because I fear repercussions," and was booked as a transient.

Larson was in custody until Wednesday evening, she said. Her fellow inmates, many of them mothers, "were very nice to me and each other," she said. "There was no drama."

Bail was initially set at $10,000, Larson said, but as she has no prior criminal or juvenile record she was released pending arraignment Sept. 26.

"They're calling it a felony, but that is just not true in any sort of a way," she said, arguing that her chalk slogans did not cause $400 worth of damage as required for felony vandalism in California.

Chalk and paint considered the same

The definition of vandalism in the state criminal code does not require that markings be permanent in order to be considered "defacement with graffiti," and the c removes chalk markings as well as painted ones.

posted Aug. 14:

As I was riding through the fairly new Park on the Napa River I noticed those cute inspirational chalk writngs on the paths. I'm sure you've all seen these around town. "Have Respect" "Succeed in life" and so forth.

As I rode a bit further I noticed the Napa City graffiti remover Bob, in his familiar truck. I stopped and chatted with him about tagging ...

He said that he was power spraying the chalk off the paths. I felt somewhat disapointed that the city would wash away those 'harmless' little sayings.

He told me that taggers have been spray painting along the chalk with sometimes gang related tags. If left too long the rival taggers will also leave their thumb print and on and on.

"I swear it was not me" 

This week, Larson said the arresting officer told her Tuesday that there had been other chalk graffiti in city parks, that it was costing money to have it cleaned up and that she could be a suspect.

But, she said, "I swear it was not me," adding that she has not chalked her slogans in Napa before.

The slogans she chalked on the bridge included "YOUTUBE WTC BUILDING 7" and "9/11 TRUTH," referring to the 9/11 attacks of 11 years ago that day.

Larson said she is not hiring an attorney and will accept a public defender at her arraignment Sept. 26.

"I feel that this was a really bad abuse of power ... for (the arresting officer) to put somebody in a cage for this," said Larson.

"I was arrested for not showing my papers."

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Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
SHE IS NOW BEYOND THAT,..... SHE IS SHINING LIGHT OF TRUTH. ______________________________________________________ ____________________"YOUTUBE WTC 7"___________________ GET INFORMED , USE THE SEARCH BAR , TURN OFF THE TV PROGRAMMING YOU.____GET THE FACTS, SEEK THE TRUTH ......ROCK ON AMY
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
ACTUALLY, THE POINT IS , THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MEDIA , BOTH OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY THE SAME SCUM THAT OWN THE NON FEDERAL NO RESERVE, ....ARE LYING TO YOU ABOUT DAMN NEAR EVERYTHING. ____THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS THAT ARE KNOWN AS THE BANKSTERS. THEY ARE THE INDIVIDUALS WITH CONTROLLING INTEREST [OWN] THE "BANKS". WE ARE IN DEEP DECEPTION, DESIGNED AND INTENDED FOR DESTRUCTION. OURS.
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:20 AM
THERE IS NO "JUST PUNISHMENT". damn. SHE COMMITTED NO CRIME AT ALL. ____WAKE YOUR FOOL DERRIERE UP_____ _____________________________________________________ __________________ AMY, YOU NEED TO GET WITH THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE.
chuck2251 September 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
"" LEARN WHAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS IS AND AFFIRMS.Remain Silent, until you WAKE YOUR FOOL DERRIERE UP." "" Answer to the above you sent me.. I KNOW ABOUT THE BILL OF RIGHTS..I HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AS YOU DO..READ THE FIRST ONE BEFORE YOU TELL ANYONE TO REMAIN SILENT.. To respond view the comment on Patch.
First Douglas September 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Amy, saw you on Alex tonight. Thanks for your general outlook, and for your action! I'm thirty years older than you, and much encouraged any time I see people younger than me who are really their own people, forming their own thoughts and acting on them. At one point with Alex I saw you suggest that any of us might/should call our senators. You'll choose your own course, of course, but might I suggest a website and then an author, which both are emphasizing less political means? (These are just two among many I might wish to recommend, but I know we all have our own reading priorities.) 1. voluntaryist.com 2. The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, by Étienne de La Boétie. Be sure to check the version containing Murray Rothbard's forty-some page forward. Good luck tomorrow!
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
"chuck2251" [below] ...YOU ARE A UNINFORMED nEW aMERICAN. aka CONNED FOOL. [no offense] WE DO NOT HAVE TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION ["papers please"] HAVE ANY IDEA , AT ALL, WHAT FREEDOM IS, WHAT THE WORD MEANS ? READ THE BILL OF RIGHTS. READ THE CONSTITUTION. WAKE YOUR SLEEPWALKING CONNED DERRIERE UP. WATCH AMY , ON INFOWARS NITELY NEWS , its likely on the youtube , if oblamo hasnt dictated and signed his criminal "cyber" security" ORDER. Wake Up.
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
YES, AMY ROCKED...ROCKED , ON INFOWARS NIGHTLY NEWS, available to SEE ON YOUTUBE, NOW. __USE THE SEARCH BAR..... .."YOUTUBE WTC 7".. ."YOUTUBE AMMY LARSON INFOWARS" AARON RUSSO INTERVIEW NORMAN DODD INTERVIEW HIMLER VON CAMPE INTERVIEW see, on youtube [soon to be "regulated" ] MINETA ON CHENY RUMSFELD , CHICAGO RADIO BUILDING 7 KURT HASKELL INTERVIEWS, EYEWITNESS EXPERIENCE, STATEMENTS, & COURT VICTIM RESPONSE. USE THE SEARCH BAR. Don't be chucky.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Who else saw Amy on Alex Jones last night? Here's a quick update with screen shots: http://napa.patch.com/articles/chalk-suspect-to-be-arraigned-today-in-napa#photo-11494154
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
"DRO"...WAKE UP, damn. BUILDING 7 SEVEN, WENT DOWN...ITS NOT A "THEORY" WAKE UP. THINK. WHY IS THE FACT ..F A C T , THAT THREE SKYSCRAPERS CAME STRAIGHT DOWN ON SEPT 11, 2001, NOT KNOWN, AS COMMON KNOWLEDGE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..... ___DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE THIRD BUILDING____ [let alone the abundance of facts, about 7, and the REST OF THE EVENTS OF THAT DAY. FACTS THAT ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS] 47 STORY SKYSCRAPER STRAIGHT DOWN IN LESS THAN 7 SECONDS AT 5:20 PM AT THE WTC ON SEPT 11, 2001 ________1600 ENGINEERS AND ARCHITECTS STATE CLEARLY , IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THESE THREE SKYSCRAPERS TO COME STRAIGHT DOWN , FROM FIRE....NOT POSSIBLE. NO STEEL FRAME BUILDING HAS EVER , ___EVER___COLLAPSED FROM FIRE . ____________NEVER________ The BBC, and other "major" [controlled] "news" media , claimed That BUILDING 7, had "collapsed"...25 MINUTES , BEFORE IT CAME DOWN. MOST nEW aMERICANS , CONNED , FOOLED, CANNOT THINK, BY DESIGN, LITERALLY, BY DESIGN. PLANNED AND IMPLEMENTED. [Charlotte Iserbyt Interviews, info, is One , of many , great places to verify this TRUTH] ____ WAKE UP "DRO".....____USE THE SEARCH BAR,____ USE IT LIKE YOUR WHOLE WAY OF LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, _.....BECAUSE IT DOES.
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
___Rock On Amy ___ THE INTERVIEW;..................... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7SLU2xffeI
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:23 PM
___AMY LARSON ROCKS "cHUCKS" WORLD_____ _________ROCK ON AMY________ _________ROCK ON FREEDOM________ SEE AMY ON INFOWARS NIGHTLY NEWS______ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dtnuiv9bmw YOUTUBE IT...JUST LIKE .. _______"YOUTUBE WTC 7"_________ chucky, by not remaining silent, as suggested , you look even more, like a moron.
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dtnuiv9bmw ______AMY ROCKS ____ [THE NEW WORLD DISORDER......] THE INTERVIEW THAT IS GOING VIRAL....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7SLU2xffeI
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
ITS NOT A "THEORY",.... CHUCK. ____IT IS FACT. ___B U I L D I N G __ 7 __ S E V E N ____ RESEARCH...USE THE SEARCH BAR USE IT, LIKE YOU BREATH. ______AMY ROCKS ____ THE INTERVIEW... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7SLU2xffeI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dtnuiv9bmw SEE, I MADE YOU A LINK, I COULD LIST HUNDREDS, YET ITS BETTER FOR YOU TO LEARN TO USE THE SEARCH BAR....IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. TRY.
Jeffrey Wright September 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Why are you yelling and hiding behind a fictitious screen name ? What exactly are you afraid of ?
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
ALL YOU UNINFORMED, HATERS.....CONSPIRACIES ARE REAL. THEORIZING IS A SEPARATE MATTER. THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY, BY TWO OR MORE PEOPLE, TO IMPLEMENT THE 911 ATTACKS. THAT IS A SIMPLE FACT. [though, I'm sure one of you nEW aMERICANS, will have to argue it] _____________B U I L D I N G __ 7 __ S E V E N ____________ CAME STRAIGHT DOWN, IN SECONDS, AT FREE FALL SPEED [as if nothing were under it] FACT. A THIRD SKYSCRAPER, THAT MOST AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT. FACT. SO YOU CAN SIT THERE, ATTACKING THE "PAUL REVERES", OR.....MORE WISELY, YOU COULD CHOOSE TO BEGIN TO GET INFORMED, ABOUT THE WORLD YOU ARE LIVING IN. MANY WILL CHOOSE TO STICK THERE HEADS IN THE DIRT,...HOWEVER YOU SHOULD BE AWARE , THAT DOING SO LEAVES YOU BLIND, & DEAF, WITH YOUR DERRIERE UP IN THE AIR, EXPOSED. ___USE THE SEARCH BAR____
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
RESEARCH THE COMPLETELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL "NDAA". FIRST, RESEARCH REVIEW THE BILL OF RIGHTS, THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. WATCH ____HIMLER VON CAMPE____INTERVIEW. AARON RUSSO'S. NORMAN DODD'S KURT HASKELLS The list goes on....
Slidingintoit September 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
IN REPLY TO Jeffrey Wright.......JEFFY, I AM "AFRAID" [NOT REALLY, MORE LIKE AWARE AND CONCERNED] ABOUT THE IGNORANCE, AND THE APATHY. ________________________ DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT MY "REAL NAME". I LIKE GIRLS.
Mark Mathews September 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Scott, I am sure a few folks understood my thoughts, without having you be their translator; I meant each and every word. It IS what it IS. Tough if anyone doesn't like it. Life is not fair. Evil will always be with us, and I can only hope that during the next civil conflict, the progressive movement will go the way of the confederacy. Good, and truth always will out.
Mark Mathews September 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Tom, there is only ONE that I am aware of, and she is apparently very one sided in who she takes to task (THIS "Hobby Horse" included), as I am STILL awaiting her removal of a snide comment from another thread where one of her allies inferred that I uh, "play with myself." Such is the two-faced progressive in action, that I have come to expect. Pity.
Dorothy September 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Amy you need to refuse the city appointed attorney. Let the court know this is now a national issue, that you were putting political speech on the sidewalk in chalk and that you feel this was selective enforcement. Ask that the charges be dismissed with prejudice . Depending on what response it you ask for a continence to seek your own legal representation other than court appointed attorney. Which is what you need to obtain in any case. As to the identification issue. You provided your name . In fact, there is no law requiring citizens to carry identification of any kind, ID is required when you're driving or flying. Would love a way to donate to your legal costs. I would suggest you file a civil lawsuit against the city and those individually involved .
Julie September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The answer is yes....Buried in the annual defense appropriations bill is a provision that would give the President the power to use the military to intern anyone – including American citizens – indefinitely, and hold them without charges or trial, anywhere in the world, including on American soil. The provision essentially repeals the longstanding Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the military from engaging in law enforcement on US territory – the greatest fear of the Founders. Approved by a Senate subcommittee in secret hearings, the provisions open the road to a military dictatorship in this country – and for that we can thank Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, who introduced the measure. Both the FBI and the Pentagon came out against the Levin-McCain monstrosity, and Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) introduced an amendment striking the provision: the amendment was defeated in the Senate, 37-61.
Austin Hook September 28, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Fascinating discussion. Many good points made, and despite some flaming, still less flaming than most online discussions I have seen. Bravo Napa people. One thing I didn't see is anyone who wanted to ask their democratic representatives what position they would take on legislation to prevent police from laying false charges. Why elect them to pass laws and manage police forces to act in an unseemly manner, and then blame the police for doing it? (Milk River, Alberta)
PhotoMaineAC September 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Is this a place for the insane here.......or just Cops?
eL -kAbOnG September 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
At the very least the cops who arrested Amy committed 2 Federal crimes outlined in detail at the Department of Justice website. Below are the laws broken, which are CRIMINAL violations. These laws are critical in supporting and defending our most precious and fundamentally protected American right to free speech. One could argue that the police acted in a way not dissimilar to behavior consistent with police state intimidation tactics. While you might feel that looking at this from this viewpoint is extreme, remember that not only did our forefathers, tyrannical opposers and rebels fight to protect YOU from this sort of violation of our rights, but our young soldiers in Afghanistan are right now fighting to protect each and every one of us from this type of abuse of power. It is OUR duty as Americans to rally against actions like this or YOU may one day find YOURSELF at the wrong end of tyrannical persecution. Stand up for YOUR rights as well as the rights of all Americans as well as support those who've given THEIR lives to protect YOUR rights. If we cannot do this, we are pissing away and undermining the valor of each and every person who has fought to uphold and protect a fundamental right of EVERY American. Do your homework and know your rights. It is a simple responsibility. TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241 - Conspiracy against rights TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law Not to mention False imprisonment.
Dro October 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
THANK YOU EVERYONE for finally listening! it finally seems like everyone is catching on. It is now up to you to seek the truth. Remember to be brave it doesn't matter what other people think of you as long as you follow your heart. Please let me know when the term changes from "conspiracy theory" to "conspiracy fact" It's right around the corner. Lastly............... REST IN PEACE to all of the victims of 9'11, and to their families and loved ones. We are your brothers and sisters and we will not let you die in vain, I would rather die alone in the cold. There are many others out there like us. Hope is alive. Many tears shed for my country. It's unbearable. Knowledge is knowing, wisdom is doing. Be wise.
Dro October 01, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Curse the Patriot Act.
Dro October 04, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Actually curse those responsible for it.
Jeffrey Wright October 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Put down the Bong and back away slooowwwwwly ................
Edmund Alan Geswein November 04, 2012 at 05:03 AM
This is absurd to call this a felony. It doesn't even fit the legal definition. Chalk can be cleaned up in a matter of minutes with water and a rag. I know this from my kindergarten days. This reminds me of the man who was jailed for 2 months for spilling his own blood on the Vandenberg AFB sign. It only took minutes to clean the blood inexpensively, but those few minutes of effort resulted in this man losing 2 months of his life. I can see where such actions would be illegal, but not felonies or misdemeanors. They should be infractions with fines <$100.
Paul Woodward, MD April 08, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Great interview with Amy and Alex Jones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0boCdljIRDM

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